Steampunk

Yesterday, I happened upon a steampunk gathering in Hartford. I took some pics, of course. Steampunk cosplayers like to pose just like anime cosplayers! See more below: Continue reading ‘Steampunk’

Connecticon 2010 Cosplay Pics

First, a little about the con, then more cosplay pics below. At ConnectiCon this year, I attended an interesting panel on Kawaii Anime and Culture in Japan, which featured Minoru Ohno. He produced anime, such as Creamy Mami and Minky Momo, and is now a professor in the Department of “Culture and Communication Activities” at Shokei Gakuin University. In the panel, we learned how kawaii refers to things which are tiny, little, cute, pretty, lovely, sweet and adorable. Much of the info presented in the power point was derived from surveys of students at Shokei Gakuin with their take on the meaning of kawaii. A few academic works by Japanese scholars were also referenced, but overall the presentation was not that in-depth. As expected, a lot of the examples focused on anime Mr. Ohno had been involved with and also some random pics of modern kawaii fashion. I’m not sure if they have done any deeper research and were only presenting a simplified version of their subject, or if this represents the extent of their work. He was asked about moe, but Mr. Ohno’s career in the anime industry occurred before moe developed. He did offer the explanation that kawaii refers to outward appearances, while moe involves more the feelings being evoked. But on the whole, he was clearly very old-school and probably does not approve of late-night anime for older kids and adults. He voiced strong support for family-centered anime produced primarily for children.


Hetalia Madness

ConnectiCon is a multi-genre convention, with a big emphasis on web comics, gaming, etc.. Another panel I attended was about the pioneering horror/sci-fi author H.P. Lovecraft. It was a solid introductory power point presentation and featured, among the four panelists, an author who writes stores in the Cthulhu Mythos. Much of the rest of the con was spent walking around. Among the cosplayers, there were a number of girls carrying the flags of different nations. Later, I stumbled on a whole group of these squealing Hetalia Axis Powers fangirls having a photoshoot. They kept calling for different countries so they could get pics of different favored pairings. I was also sad to see that Sasuga Books is closing (this was the bookstore’s last con and they had little stock left). I heard another dealer talking about the bad market for anime retailers. I guess there will be fewer anime merchandise dealers at cons in the future. I did buy some stuff: some Aria DVDs, and plush Yoshi and Toads from Mario. Also one figure: Mio from K-ON. Now for more pics: Continue reading ‘Connecticon 2010 Cosplay Pics’

Saturday at NYAF 2009

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Now I’ll write about my day at NYAF!!! People will think this is really lame, but I didn’t even get there until 4pm. I slept fairly late, which was good, because I needed my energy. On the way, I stopped to take some pictures and got a picture of a lighthouse in Bridgeport, CT I’ve wanted to get for a while. I also stopped at Asahiya and Kinokuniya, the former for probably the last time as it’ll be closing in October. Finally at the festival, I wandered the dealers (or should I say exhibitors) area, which was packed with people, making it difficult to see everything quickly. I bought three things: a K-On CD, a Clannad art book (not enough dangos in it though), and this new Otaku Encyclopedia book (maybe I should do an Anime Blogger Encyclopedia?). Next I went to the panel room where Hinano and JP were going to do their panel on Korean MMOs. Pretty much it was just hanging around before the panel started and I had a chance to see Omo, Moy, wah, AnimeMiz and Star Creator. We were also in the room at the very start of the blogger roundtable, but left for Yakiniku West (and some good sake xD ) before the panel really started. I saw that Hinano’s fav Scott was part of the roundtable (lol) and I saw sdshamshel was on it as well. So its a minimal report from me (read those other bloggers to find out what actually happened at the festival in terms of guests and so on). But I did manage to get some cosplay pics, so please enjoy them! Continue reading ‘Saturday at NYAF 2009’

ConnectiCon 2009 Cospaly

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LOL, it was over capacity!!!

I went to ConnectiCon on Saturday and took some cosplay pics. Not too much to say about the con (maybe I’m getting too jaded?). The convention was noticeably bigger this year, spilling over from the convention center to some rooms in the hotel next door as well. So below I have LOTS of pics and a few comments!

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My Day at Anime Boston 2009 (Kalafina)

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More on NYAF and the Blogging Panel Video

Above are the Maka and Soul trading figures and the Kaz (with Dolfini) and Brie (with Papel) key chains I got at NYAF. And in my previous post I neglected to mention that Iron Chef Morimoto was at NYAF. While, I didn’t see him (and the line for autographs was long), but I was able to eat at another Iron Chef’s restaurant, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill.

And check out the Anime Blogging Panel!

EDIT: I’ve decided, partly for my own reference, to include some links about the panel. They are worth checking out:
AnimeDiet’s first post on the panel
Ani-Noted
A Commentary on the Anime Blogging Panel Video
Omo’s Transcript
Almost Like I Was There
It’s A One Liner: Blogger Panel

Finally!! The Epic Post on NYAF You’ve all been Waiting For!!! Plus, Lots of Anime Bloggers!

NYAF was so awsum!! Oooops, don’t want to sound too much like a Middle School kid! But it was a way fun time, yay! (oops, I mean It was a pleasant convention experience). And I was on an anime blogging panel (which is somewhat amusing given my recent lack of regular posting, but whatever). I think the panel went well and it was recorded, so I’m just waiting to see how it came out! My bad cell phone pictures have already appeared on Twitter, but on the second day I took pictures with my regular camera, so please read on to check them out and read about my experiences in New York!

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